I am pleased to share with you that our own Dr. Jocelyn Gainers, Executive Director of the Family Recovery Program was recognized by the Child Welfare League of America for the CWLA 100TH ANNIVERSARY CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN AWARDS!
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gainers for being acknowledged for her exceptional commitment to supporting children and families who are vulnerable and advancing the field of child welfare.
Please visit the CWLA 100th Anniversary Year webpage to see the outstanding group of Champions for Children awardees who deserve thanks and acknowledgement for their commitment to supporting children and families who are vulnerable.
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) visited The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building at Sage Center to conduct NARCAN training November 10th 2020. According to the CVS.com website “Available without an individual prescription nationwide, naloxone, also known as NARCAN®, is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses.”
The staff and parents of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building at Sage Center were treated to an excellent NARCAN training conducted by the Baltimore City Health Department on November 10th in our backyard. Our partner, BCHD, comes regularly to train new families and staff. Everyone was certified and received an overdose kit so that they could assist someone that would be in need. This training raises everyone’s awareness of overdoses and encourages them to stay vigilant.
The kindness of others warms the hearts of the staff and parents of the Family Recovery Program. On November 20th, 2020 FRP received a donation of over 40 coats to keep our children warm as they travel within our community. The coats were absolutely beautiful and the kids upon receipt expressed their joy. The coats came just in the nick of time as winter was quickly approaching. Thanks so much to our generous donor Andrea McCants of a AROS Consulting and thanks to Ms Shanika Rice for coming out and organizing the coats for a seamless distribution. Good things come in warm packages!
And the work continues!
As the houses are slowly becoming homes, we look to the future and the opportunities for our families. The pictures above highlight the progress on the project this month. You will see walls have been closed in, cabinets have been hung, and the sink station is in in one of the houses. The value that this project brings is not just to the parents of the Sage center but it also will be a catalyst in our community. During build days we walk the project and notice how the community is changing. Individuals are beginning to ask us, “When is the project going to be done, Who can live there, This is such a blessing to the community!”. This project means a lot to the staff, the families, and our community. We can’t wait until we have our grand opening in 2021!
The Family Recovery Program Inc. is hard at work on its second property- Sage II at Monarch View. This 5 townhome renovation project will allow five families to transition from Sage I to Sage II which is located directly in front of our flag ship property on Rose Street. These five townhomes on Milton Street in Baltimore city will offer the families longer-term, and more independent housing. This will allow their children to be firmly grounded in their educational practices as school transfer is not necessary for them. This project strengthens their ability to network within their community, and it will allow the families to continue to receive support from our program while they continue to strengthen their families. These pictures reflect the very beginning of the project and will get updated on a monthly basis. We are so excited!
We all have so much to be thankful for! In anticipation of the thanksgiving holiday, donors reached out to The Family Recovery Program to get information on how they could support our families. With donations from several organizations our families were able to have a wonderful thanksgiving dinner. Our families at both locations received and enjoyed Thanksgiving baskets with all the fixings!
On November 3, 2020, our FRP and Sage Center families experienced the National Aquarium. Some experienced it for the first time while others enjoyed visiting again. Throughout the entire visit, the kids stood in awe of the ocean and the many creatures that dwell in it.
As they learned about the different fish, turtles, sharks and the rainforest, their interest began to peak. As always, the dolphins stole the show. The smiles filled the room as the began to learn just how intelligent the dolphins were.
For some, this trip to the aquarium was their first, but for all of us, it will not be our last. With all the uncertainty today, we are so happy that we were able to bring a smile to so many faces.
On Thursday, October 29, our Halloween celebration was nothing short of spooky and spectacular. Abiding by CDC guidelines, this event required a face covering to be worn at all times. The party kicked off with music, food and story time with Ms. Fran.
FRP, Sage and alumni families had a wonderful time in our office area that was converted into a haunted house by Mr. Dana, Mr. Keith and David. There was a coffin that Mr. Keith jumped out of as the families walked through the haunted house. This haunted house was thrilling for everyone.
The fun did not stop at the haunted house. There were pre-packaged candy bags that Ms. Tiffani gave out to the children as they came out of the haunted house. We ended the night with costume contests for both children and adults. This party was ful of so much love and laughter and we are honored to be the people that brings smiles to our families and communities faces.
On October 15, 2020, we received our certificate of completion for our Shoe Drive Fundraiser. Our partnership with Funds2Orgs was nothing less than phenomenal. From June 1, 2020 through August 28, 2020 we received shoe donations on behalf of Funds2Orgs. The shoes we collected were sent to Haiti to help with the development of the micro-businesses. The goal for us was to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes and we exceeded that goal! At the end of August, we had donated a total of 2,725 pairs of shoes!
For this shoe drive to be our first fundraiser we are pleased that we exceeded the goal. Not only were we able to raise general operating funds, but we were also able to help those in need in Haiti. Because this was such an overwhelming success, we will be working with Funds2Orgs in the future to provide more shoes to those in need.